One of the first and most critical elements of bringing home a new puppy is making certain that they have a special place to call home. They’re just like human babies, except with a lot more fur. Bringing them up and about in a world new for them needs bundles of love, care and nurturing.
That your new pet is given a comfort zone where they can enjoy is priority.
One of the very first things to do is set up a place that will be theirs and theirs solely – a corner, a ‘den’ they can spend alone time in when they’re not pattering around the house. Dogs are pack animals and giving them an exclusive space they can call their own and share with no one is important.
This could be a bed or an open crate. For beds, the ‘one-size-fits-all’ doesn’t apply and there is large unique variety to choose from. Pick something roomy and comfortable for your new pet. If going for a crate, purchase one that will take the dog right in and not one the Pet food home delivery will have to shift out of when grown.
Keeping other symbols of comfort and familiarity around the puppy’s den helps them adapt to their surroundings. A soft blanket and a chew toy in this area will be suitable. Of course, it’s always happy playtime when you’re back home from work!
Since puppies are forever exploring, they will trek every place in the house they can reach – even the tough, possibly dangerous terrain – which is why leaving them unsupervised for very long periods without some constraint is not advisable. These cuddly creatures love putting things in their mouths. Try to puppy-proof the house by keeping sharp objects or harmful foods out of reach.
A great way to get dogs started young on discipline is training. No no, don’t feel poorly about being a strict parent to your furbaby. Because dogs actually find comfort in some semblance of a routine, schedule, and order.
Begin with some basic hand signs when the puppy begins to grow, train them to know some places in the house (eg: kitchen) that are out-of-bounds, get them into bed everyday at a fixed time, teach them to come to you when called, and leash train them when out for walks. It takes patience, but anything for your beloved pet right? Here are some other daily health habits to follow.
For food, going fresh is the best; it’s what our mantra is at Pawfectly Made for pets of all ages. Maintaining a balance between adequate calories, vitamins, minerals, natural protein, fats and other nutrition is foremost for your pet to have and grow with a complete, wholesome diet. Consider all-natural ingredients: well-cooked meats (without bones), veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, beans, boiled rice and eggs. It’s a good idea to have a feeding bowl that is separate from the puppy’s water bowl.
Familiarising your pet with the world includes socialising them. And you can best believe dogs –friendly, social beings – will take well to it. Train your pet to be around babies, family members or other guests in the house, and when outdoors, let them make friends with other four-legged friends during walks and playtime.
Finally, one of the keys to an unbreakable bond with your new pooch is building trust. Though you both won’t speak the same languages, sometimes simple non-verbal cues like touching, patting, eye contact, cuddling go a long way in establishing friendship and connect. Communicate well and say ‘I love you’ to your pet often (here’s how) and give them lots and lots and lots of attention. Because the relationship you and your pet share goes beyond words and woofs.